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ILOILO City – Lives are slowly transforming with the help of Iloilo Change Centers, dubbed as The Crossroads, for drug dependents, and managed by the city government, through the city health office.
A press release from the City Information Office said that some of the clients have expressed hope at the changes that they have experienced, as they struggled to be free from drugs.
“When I joined the center my ways have become better and I regained the trust and respect of my family,” one of the clients said.
Another one said that during his participation in the rehabilitation efforts at the center, he became healthy again and his family is attentive to him.
“Now I have hope and dreams again and I am no longer an outcast,” the client said.
The rehabilitation drop-in-centers are located in the Arevalo District Gym; the Bgy. Zamora Gym, City Proper; the Jaro district Gym at the Jaro Plaza Bgy.;. the Railway Gym, La Paz; the Bo. Obrero Gym in Lapuz; the Bgy Katilingban Gym, Molo; and the Bgy. Onate Gym, Mandurriao.
“This is part of the city’s sustainable anti-drug programs to rehabilitate and treat those who choose to have second chance and reform their lives from the ill effects of illegal drugs,” Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog said.
The rehabilitation drop-in-centers conduct a holistic approach in treating their patients, which involves daily counseling on spiritual and psycho-social issues, physical and sports activities, and the provision of Vitamins B-complex and C to treat patients for at least six months. One year care follow-up are also given to the patients.
The City Health Office said a weekly random drug test is set to begin next week to determine if the patients have indeed stopped using drugs. (PIA)